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Duck, Death and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch
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Duck makes friends with Death. They spend time together until the inevitable happens.

While I'm not entirely sure where the tulip comes into it, this was a truly unique concept for a picture book. What a great little nod to the existential angst that plagues so many! Death is a matter-of-fact little fellow and Duck admirably acknowledges and eventually embraces Death's slightly off-putting presence in her life. The two have interesting conversations on the nature of life and death, and Duck comes to some conclusions, puts to rest some doubts and generally becomes more comfortable with the ever-present company of Death.

I found this book both unsettling and strangely comforting, and while I wouldn't really read it to, or with, a child (although there's no reason why you shouldn't) it certainly provided me with some beautiful imagery to ponder over on this brief space of time called Life.

Recommended.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
September 10, 2014 – Shelved
September 10, 2014 – Shelved as: anthropomorphic-animals
September 10, 2014 – Shelved as: bizarre
September 10, 2014 – Shelved as: death-and-dying
September 10, 2014 – Shelved as: fable
September 10, 2014 – Shelved as: illustrated
September 10, 2014 – Shelved as: kid-lit
September 10, 2014 – Shelved as: picture-books
September 10, 2014 – Shelved as: friendship
September 10, 2014 – Shelved as: existential-angst
September 10, 2014 – Shelved as: strange-couplings

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